Finding Help for Your Overweight Child


A resource for parents to help overweight children

Overweight children are at higher risk for developing serious health issues

There are many risks and complications associated with obesity. Obesity is one of the easiest medical conditions to recognize, but the most difficult to treat. Physical consequences include:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Breathing problems
  • Diabetes
  • Trouble sleeping

Steps to help manage your overweight child

  • Start slowly to change eating habits
  • Plan meals and make healthier food selections
  • Control portions to consume less calories
  • Turn off the television
  • Limit time spent playing video or computer games
  • Increase physical activity and get active
  • Know what your child eats at school
  • Eat meals as a family instead of while watching television
  • Do not use food as a reward
  • Limit snacking

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